Safety First When Using Candles

Candles are wonderful things - many people love candles all over the house and burn them regularly. Others like to burn them on special occasions while there are a few people who can't bring themselves to burn them. Whilst we like all three types of people, the first two are obviously our favourites, as they'll come back and buy new ones! However, no matter how regularly (or irregularly) you burn your candles, you must always take care whilst doing so. At Skyelight Candles we know the value of safety first and therefore we would ask you to take a couple of minutes to read our top tips for burning candles safely and also how to get the best out of your candles.
GENERAL: Always check any labels and warnings that come with the candle or candle holder

Use a suitable non-flammable holder

Ensure the candle is standing upright in the holder and is stable before lighting. To get the best from your candle always make the first burning last at least one hour for pillar candles. This ensures a good burn on all subsequent lightings and your candle will last longer.

Always place candle or candle holders on a surface that will not get damaged by heat

Do not move candles whilst still lit or when wax is still liquid

Never leave a burning candle unattended

Remove all packaging before use and trim wick to approx 1/4inch (0.5cm)

Burn out of reach of children and pets

Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer. Do not blow them out. If you do have to blow them out, make sure your hand is cupped round the back of the flame to stop any sparks flying on to your table/carpet/etc

Never use water to extinguish a candle

Allow headroom above the candle for heat to disperse

Ensure candles are burned away from flammable items

Candles should be burned away from other sources of heat, such as televisions and direct sunlight

Candles should always be burned in an area free from draughts

Always make sure the wick is trimmed to 1/4inch (0.5cm) before lighting or relighting

If the candle starts to smoke, extinguish it and trim the wick as above. If the candle does not burn properly then this is usually due to the wrong size wick having been used in the manufacture. If this happens with one of our candles then get in touch with us straight away in order that we can put things right for you.

LASTLY - Remember, if you place a candle in the window and the sun shines in, you are likely to end up with either a melted candle or a faded one! The same applies to putting a candle anywhere near an open fire or even an electric heater.
TEALIGHTS: Tealights are ideal for lanterns or holders which have holes in them, as the tealight case will hold the wax as it melts

Place tealight holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat

Do not burn on a television or any other warm place

Any recepticle which has a tealight burning in it will become extremely hot and must be left to cool before trying to move or pick up
GLASS, TIN or CERAMIC HOLDERS: Place on a surface that will not be damaged by heat

Do not use if the container is cracked, chipped or scratched

Never let the flame come into contact with the container

Do not move candle when lit

Discontinue use when 1/4inch (1/2cm) of wax remains
These should only be used in a suitable water-filled bowl

These are designed to be decorative - make sure they are placed on a large holder